Stress: Tips to help you cope and feel more in control

Stress can be triggered by a problem that, on the surface, may seem impossible to solve.  Learning how to find solutions will help you feel more in control and lower your level of stress. However, we can’t control everything. We can, though, take control of how we react to stress in our lives.  

Here are a few helpful tips:

Get plenty of rest                                                                                                                      

Getting a good night’s sleep will benefit your heart, weight, and mind. Allowing your body to rest properly will allow you to feel refreshed so you can power through your day without feeling irritable or emotionally strained. Incorporate end of day routines that will allow you to feel more at ease. For example, shut off all electronic devices 30 to 45 minutes before bedtime.

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Try focusing on the now and what’s really important. For example, if you have an upcoming deadline, use your time wisely to make certain you are satisfied with the end result. Set daily goals and don’t allow minor obstacles to distract you from being successful. Remember, there’s only so much time in a day, so use it wisely!

Manage your time

Overbooking your life will definitely catch-up with you. It’s ok to say “no, my schedule will not allow me to attend.” When you manage your time wisely, you don’t add the pressure of rushing through each appointment or meeting, but instead, you feel more refreshed and prepared for each task.

Try relaxation techniques

Set aside specific times that you can allow yourself to relax. Keep it simple and enjoyable so you look forward to it. One of my favorites during the summer is to take a few minutes to get some sun! A quick dose of vitamin D absorbed naturally from the sun’s rays is a quick shot to stress relief. It will clear and energize your mind as well.

I hope these tips will help you quickly and effectively calm your nerves in times of stress.

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Kimberly Whitfield is the owner of Kimberly Inspiring Beauty in Strength, a fitness instructor at Go Workout Fitness Center and Trinity A.M.E. Church; a bodybuilder, and a public speaker.  Visit her on the web at kwinspires.com for a list of her classes. 

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